Giro d'Italia: Masnada wins stage 6

Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) gave Italy a "doppio successo" on stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia in San Giovanni Rotondo, with Masnada winning the stage and Conti pulling on the maglia rosa after riding hard for 200km in the break of the day.

The two Italians were part of a 13-rider attack that was allowed to stay away by the peloton after Primoz Roglic was caught up in a big crash and suffered some road rash to his right buttock. He was not hurt but reined in his Jumbo-Visma team on the long ride south into Puglia, allowing the break a moment of glory.

Masnada and Conti attacked on the last and only real climb of the stage with 28km to go, working together all the way to the finish. Masnada kicked hard to win the stage, with Conti finishing just behind him but equally as happy.

Primoz Roglic and the peloton finished 7:19 behind Masnada, so Conti now leads fellow Italian Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF) by 1:41 in the general classification. Roglic slipped to eleventh overall at 5:24. Carboni's hard work in the break also paid off with taking the best young rider's white jersey from Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).

Masnada showed his form at the recent Tour of the Alps, winning two stages to Baselga di Pine and Bolzano. He emotionally pointed to the sky as he crossed the finish line in San Giovanni Rotondo. Masnada is known as the L'Anguilla di Brambilla - the Eel of Brembilla' because of the way he moves in the saddle.

"I'm incredibly happy. I knew I was on form but it's always hard to win at the Giro d'Italia but I've done it," he said.

"I want to dedicate this win to my uncle, who passed away just before the Giro d'Italia. I promised to win a stage for him and I did it.

"We knew the break could go because it was a difficult stage to control. I had to play my cards and went in the first break. When it was caught, I knew I had to go again and it worked out."

Conti won a stage in last year's Vuelta a Espana but was understandably emotional to pull on the maglia rosa.

"I'm struggling to understand what I've done," he said.

"As we rode I knew it was possible and I've dreamt about it with the team in last few days but there's a huge difference between dreaming and actually doing it. I felt good and I'm on form this year so I went for it.

"I have to thank the team for all the changes and all the hard work they have done this year. This is a win for everyone in the team. I've got a good lead but I know I've got to keep my feet on the ground. It'll be very difficult, almost impossible to keep it all the way to Verona but I'm going to try to keep it as long as possible." Conti's first test will be Friday's 185km stage from Vasto on the Adriatic coast to L'Aquila in the Apennines.

How it happened

After racing for 140km in the rain on Wednesday, the riders were happy to see the sun out at the start in Cassino as they looked up to the hilltop Abbey. They faced another long day in the saddle, with stage 6 the second longest of this year's race.

The start of the stage was fast and furious with teams sensing that Jumbo-Visma would allow a break to stay away until the finish.

Several early attacks were chased down but then after 15km, Masnada made a move. He was gradually joined by others as a group of 13 riders formed the break of the day. They opened a gap but the peloton seemed ready to close them down, only for destiny to step in after 35km. Roglic crashed with several other overall contenders in the peloton and so the chase halted suddenly, allowing the break to go clear.

Roglic changed bikes and seemed unhurt apart from some road rash on his right buttock and an embarrassing hole in his shorts. He got some medical treatment and a large plaster to cover his wound. All the other overall contenders also returned to the peloton after a show of fair play.

Up front, the 13 riders began to work smoothly together. In there were José Rojas, Andrey Amador (Movistar), Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale), Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy), Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Fantini-Faizanè), Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), Fausto Masnada (Androni-Sidermec), Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb) and Amaro Antunes (CCC Team).

On the quiet rolling roads of central southern Italy near Campobasso, the break pushed their lead out to five minutes as Jumbo-Visma rode tempo and made it clear they were happy to let the maglia rosa slip away. Conti was best-placed overall, 1:59 down on Roglic and so was the virtual maglia rosa. Everyone else was focused on the stage victory.

On the long flat roads towards Foggia, the wind blow from the riders' left. The break and Jumbo rode in echelon formation but the wind speed and the riders' enthusiasm was not enough to split the peloton. The status quo lasted for over 100km.

As expected the climb up to Coppa Casarinelle, with 30km to go, shook up the race. It was 15km long but twisted up the barren hillside at 4.4 per cent, making it a perfect playground for anyone feeling strong and aggressive.

With 28km to go, Masnada moved first and was quickly joined by Conti. Everyone else marked Amador, knowing he was a real danger but that meant they had missed the move.

Conti let Masnada do most of the work on the climb and they opened a 30-second gap on the rest, as the gradual gradient shook out the break. Plaza was strong but Oomen lead the counter-attack as Team Sunweb looked to make up for losing team leader Tom Dumoulin. However, they chased each other as Masnada and Conti powered on up front.

Jumbo-Visma continued to lead the peloton on the climb but they slipped to more seven minutes behind. It was Roglic's final minutes in the maglia rosa, at least for now.

Masnada was first to the top of the Coppa Casarinelle climb with 18km to go. Conti did an occasional turn but knew Masnada's desire to win the stage was his train to the finish and the pink jersey. They rode together all the way to the finish, with Conti going deep in the final kilometre to gain every possible second, allowing Masnada to win the stage. Both had plenty to celebrate on a successful day out for the home nation.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec5:45:01
2Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:05
3José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:38
4Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 3 - Cell 2
5Giovanni Carboni (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:43
6Pieter Serry (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:00:54
7Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 6 - Cell 2
8Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:57
9Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:03
12Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:18
13Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:07:17
14Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:07:19
15Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 14 - Cell 2
16Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 16 - Cell 2
18Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team SunwebRow 18 - Cell 2
20Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 19 - Cell 2
21Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 20 - Cell 2
22Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 21 - Cell 2
23Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 22 - Cell 2
24Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Eros Capecchi (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 26 - Cell 2
28Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 27 - Cell 2
29Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 28 - Cell 2
30Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 29 - Cell 2
31Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-ScottRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 31 - Cell 2
33Edward Dunbar (Irl) Team IneosRow 32 - Cell 2
34Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team IneosRow 33 - Cell 2
35Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 34 - Cell 2
36Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team IneosRow 35 - Cell 2
37Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 36 - Cell 2
38Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education FirstRow 37 - Cell 2
39Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 38 - Cell 2
40Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 39 - Cell 2
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42Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 41 - Cell 2
43Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team IneosRow 42 - Cell 2
44Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 45 - Cell 2
47Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education FirstRow 46 - Cell 2
48Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 50 - Cell 2
52Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 51 - Cell 2
53Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 53 - Cell 2
55Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 54 - Cell 2
56Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 55 - Cell 2
57Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 56 - Cell 2
58Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 57 - Cell 2
59Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 59 - Cell 2
61Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 61 - Cell 2
63Matteo Montaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 62 - Cell 2
64Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 65 - Cell 2
67Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 66 - Cell 2
68Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Dimension DataRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 68 - Cell 2
70Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 70 - Cell 2
72Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Danilo Wyss (Swi) Dimension DataRow 72 - Cell 2
74Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La MondialeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team SunwebRow 74 - Cell 2
76Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 77 - Cell 2
79Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 79 - Cell 2
81Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-AlpecinRow 83 - Cell 2
85Sebastian Henao (Col) Team IneosRow 84 - Cell 2
86Ivan Sosa (Col) Team IneosRow 85 - Cell 2
87Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education FirstRow 86 - Cell 2
88Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 87 - Cell 2
89Awet Andemeskel (Eri) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education FirstRow 89 - Cell 2
91Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 90 - Cell 2
92Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 91 - Cell 2
93Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 92 - Cell 2
94Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 93 - Cell 2
95Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 94 - Cell 2
96Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 95 - Cell 2
97Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 96 - Cell 2
98Sean Bennett (USA) EF Education FirstRow 97 - Cell 2
99Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 98 - Cell 2
100Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Christian Knees (Ger) Team Ineos0:07:33
104Jonnathan Narvaez (Ecu) Team Ineos0:07:35
105Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eri) Dimension Data0:07:48
106François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:45
107Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:11:47
108Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 107 - Cell 2
109Paul Martens (Ger) Team Jumbo-Visma0:12:22
110Sepp Kuss (USA) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Umberto Orsini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:15:25
112Nicola Bagioli (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane0:16:28
113Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 112 - Cell 2
114Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team0:22:14
115Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 115 - Cell 2
117Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 116 - Cell 2
118Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:23:08
119Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 119 - Cell 2
121Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 121 - Cell 2
123Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 122 - Cell 2
124Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 123 - Cell 2
125Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 124 - Cell 2
126Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 125 - Cell 2
127Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 126 - Cell 2
128Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 127 - Cell 2
129Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 128 - Cell 2
130Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 129 - Cell 2
131Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 130 - Cell 2
132Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education FirstRow 131 - Cell 2
133Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 132 - Cell 2
134Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 133 - Cell 2
135Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Dimension DataRow 134 - Cell 2
136Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 135 - Cell 2
137Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 136 - Cell 2
138Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJRow 137 - Cell 2
139Will Clarke (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 138 - Cell 2
140Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 139 - Cell 2
141Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 140 - Cell 2
142Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJRow 141 - Cell 2
143Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 142 - Cell 2
144Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 143 - Cell 2
145Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJRow 144 - Cell 2
146Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team EmiratesRow 146 - Cell 2
148Jos van Emden (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 147 - Cell 2
149Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 148 - Cell 2
150James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 149 - Cell 2
151Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 150 - Cell 2
152Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 151 - Cell 2
153Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 153 - Cell 2
155Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 154 - Cell 2
156Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 155 - Cell 2
157Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 156 - Cell 2
158Damiano Cima (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-FaizaneRow 157 - Cell 2
159Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 158 - Cell 2
160Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 159 - Cell 2
161Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 160 - Cell 2
162Laurens De Plus (Bel) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 161 - Cell 2
163Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education FirstRow 162 - Cell 2
164Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 163 - Cell 2
165Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 164 - Cell 2
166Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJRow 165 - Cell 2
167Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC TeamRow 166 - Cell 2
DNFLaurens ten Dam (Ned) CCC TeamRow 167 - Cell 2
DNFRob Power (Aus) Team SunwebRow 168 - Cell 2
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